A friend of mine shared an interview with Author Sue Grafton in which part of her advice to young writers was this:
“Don’t self-publish. That’s as good as admitting you’re too lazy to do the hard work.”
While I respect her work and understand where this thought process comes from, I cannot stress how wrong this sentiment is.
I do not have a publishing company to supply me an editor. I pay out of pocket. I do not have a publicist or agent. I do all the networking myself. I write up press releases, collaborate with other creators to make trailers and artwork. I set up my own interviews and run all of my own social medias and websites.
And I do all of this not because I’m lazy (If you’re lazy, self-publishing is honestly the last thing I’d recommend) but because I wanted to create something with one simple concept in mind.
I wanted to do it on my own terms.
I’ve always been a stubborn person. Too stubborn, I imagine. When I was a child, “No” meant “do it yourself.” And after a great deal of research and talking with authors of either side, I decided I didn’t even need that “No” to inspire me. I just wanted to do it.
And I’m not alone here.
TV is also under a great revolution in the way of self-created content. More and more we see web series popping up over the web and gaining attention. I’m excited to see my fellow writers/actors/artists/directors take on what they’re truly passionate about because they finally said, “Screw it, I’ll do it myself.”
Please, don’t call us lazy. The amount of work that some of us put into just a self-published short story or 5 minute video is insane.
Yes, there are some poorly executed examples out there of self-created content. But need we point out that the traditional medias are not flawless either? There are some fascinatingly bad books and TV shows out there. I won’t point fingers, but I don’t feel I really need to. We’ve all seen/read at least one.
We have the technology to tell our stories to the world—through whatever medium we desire. Why would we not use that?
I understand it’s new. I understand it might be even a little frightening and still in its infancy.
But it isn’t any less valid.
We don’t spit on your hard work. Kindly, don’t spit on ours.